Aloha, Postcards from Kauai

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I finally got the chance to post these photos. This is not an account of our recent trip to Kauai, but just merely images of the postcard kind as we felt like wandering tourists from that trip as we scoured the island from North to East to West to North to South back to East… Get the drift?😀

In doing so, I hope I give enough justice to this beautiful, lush, Garden Isle called Kaua’i — a truly magical place that you have to see to believe. Enjoy!

Ke`e Beach
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This was taken from Ke’e Beach (the farthest you can go West by car on the North side of Kauai). This is a pretty popular spot to watch the sun go down the horizon.

Kauapea Beach (Secret)
Accessed from Kalihiwai Rd. (1st), this beach isn’t much of a “secret” anymore. This spot has a wonderful view of the Kilauea Lighthouse on the East and cliffs and an unnamed falls on the West. There are 3 sandy beach areas separated by lava rocks. Popular with the locals and surfers when the tide is high.

Accessed from Kalihiwai Rd. (1st), this beach isn’t much of a “secret” anymore. This spot has a wonderful view of the Kilauea Lighthouse on the East and cliffs and an unnamed falls on the West. There are 3 sandy beach areas separated by lava rocks. Popular with the locals and surfers when the tide is high.

Hanalei Valley

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Taro Fields – Hanalei Valley


If you are driving through Princeville, there is a lookout where you can just pull over and snap a picture of this location. However, we opted to get up close and personal for this photo for a change. When you get there, don’t let the “No trespassing” sign intimidate you as this is part of the Wildlife Refuge, however, just like what one of the guide books said, “Be courteous and ask permission if you see someone”.🙂

If you are driving through Princeville, there is a lookout where you can just pull over and snap a picture of this location. However, we opted to get up close and personal for this photo for a change. When you get there, don’t let the “No trespassing” sign intimidate you as this is part of the Wildlife Refuge, however, just like what one of the guide books said, “Be courteous and ask permission if you see someone”.🙂

Bamboo Forest, Hanalei
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This is great spot if you are tired of being baked in the sun and if you haven’t seen bamboo when you were growing up.😀 However, please make sure to carry bug spray as this place has millions of mosquitoes… and I’m not kidding at that.😉

Queen Emma’s Bath

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The entry point for this gorgeous location is at the end of Punahele Rd., Princeville. Formed by ancient lava flow, Queen’s Bath is a beautiful, natural ocean pool. Named after Queen Emma who was the mother of Prince Albert (from whom Princeville gets its name), this stunning feature is worth trip to view and swim into it. And yes, bring goggles at least to see the school of fish… (not as colorful as Tunnels but still worth seeing as the water is clearer)

Kahili Beach

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Located at the end of Wailapa Rd, this beach is a sight to see — there is a baby beach for little kids. We didn’t get in the water because we were there to take photos but I still wish we did. Oh well, the view alone is spectacular. 🙂 You will see a mountain peak from there but we didn’t get to research what that was. Looking at Google Earth now, it can be the Pu’u Ehu mountain.🙂

Wailua Falls
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These dramatic 80-foot waterfalls can be seen from Highway 583 or Maalo Road. There are two entry points to get to the base however they are not designated hiking trails. It is slippery when it’s wet but there are ropes to assist in both your ascent and descent. The longer trail requires you to cross the stream while the short one doesn’t.

The Mahauleupu Heritage Trail
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“The Mahaulepu Heritage Trail is a great coastal hike that takes you from the south east corner of Shipwreck Beach Keonela Bay along sand-dune cliffs, Kiawe trees, limestone formations and rocky inlets that are an occasional safe haven for marine life, such as sea turtles and the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal. Mahaulepu Beach is remote and rugged and the ocean here is usually rough and more suited for whale watching, beach combing and hiking. This is a sacred sanctuary that needs to be preserved. “

Waimea Canyon
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Waimea Canyon is the largest canyon in the Pacific and truly a sight to behold. The canyon measures 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and more than 3,500-feet deep. It was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from Mount Waialeale’s summit. The lines in the canyon walls depict different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries.

Polihale Beach State Park

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Last but not the least, Polihale Beach State Park — located at the West-most part of the island. It is said to be Hawaii’s longest (17 miles) gold-sand beach, with amazing sunsets and a view of the Nihau Island. Polihale Beach is one of the main reasons one should get a 4WD when renting a car.😉

We kayaked, hiked, swam, ate and did a lot of fun things. We know that we will visit this special island again one of these days. And here’s hoping it will be soon. 🙂

Much love,
Joyce

2 Comments:

  1. Ashley Christine Muir October 20, 2016 Reply

    These are breathtakingly beautiful, Joyce!

    • Joyce DZ
      Joyce DZ October 25, 2016 Reply

      Thank you so much. We are currently here, too. Ask away if you have any questions. 🙂

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